Philanthropy Awards 2019 winners announced

Partners Albania organized on February 7th, the ceremony where were announced the winners of Philanthropy Awards 2019.

Since 2011, Partners Albania organizes the Philanthropy Awards, a nationwide public competition to express appreciation and gratitude to individuals, families and businesses who contribute to improving the quality of life in our society.

In the presence of distinguished guests from the Albanian government and members of Albanian Parliament, representatives of diplomatic bodies accredited in Albania, international institutions and donor agencies, representatives of the business sector, nonprofit organizations and media, were presented the Philanthropy Awards 2019:

The Award for Contribution at National Level was granted to SIGAL UNIQA Group AUSTRIA with motivation: For the outstanding contribution in health, education, environment, sport, art and financial education in insurance field, specifically: Mobile Medical Clinic at country level, restruction of “Matosh Uka” high school in Fierza, Tropoja and the Sport Palace in Përmet, as well as establishment of the “Art and Culture”Club for citizens of Durrës.”

Ms. Anila Denaj, Minister of Finance and Economy presented the award.

The Award for Contribution at Local Level was granted to Mrizi i Zanave with motivation: For the contribution in promotion and development of traditional values of Fishta area in Lezha, turning it into a touristic and culinary attraction, strongly based in the development of family economy and employment of residents of the area.

Mr. Silvio Pedrazzi, CEO of Intesa SanPaolo Bank Albania, presented the award.

The Award for Individual Contribution was granted to Ms. Suela Bala, with motivation: For the establishment of “Mobile Library” as an educational platform, and an integration window for children and youth in Lezha municipality, by creating a successful model that was transformed into an inclusive movement across the country”.

H.E. Mr. Soreca, Ambassador of European Union in Albania, presented the award.

“Pioneer of Philanthropy” Award was granted to Mr. Hamza Rama (posthumously), with motivation: “For the generous help and valuable contribution in alleviation of poverty and improvement of health condition of citizens and families in need in Lezha and surrounding villages, and for the financial support to Sports Club “Bardhyli”of Lezha”.

Ms. Mira Rakacolli, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection, presented the award.

Civic Engagement Recognition Award was granted to Ms. Delina Fico, with motivation: “For the valuable contribution to the protection of human rights and various social causes in the country, in particular for the protection of women’s and girls’ rights and the promotion of gender equality in Albanian society”.

Ms. Marinela Jazoj, Executive Director of Foreign Investors Association of Albania and Honorary Consul General of Norway in Albania presented the Award.

Special Award was granted to Mr. Arben Cara, with motivation: “For the utmost heroism and devotion in fulfilling the duty as firefighter, in the search and rescue efforts of the lives affected by the devastating earthquake of November 26, 2019, putting the mission of the profession first, even in the most extreme personal circumstances”.

Special Award was granted to the Municipality of Prizreni, with motivation: “For the generous and unconditional help in hosting and accommodating Albanian citizens affected by the devastating earthquake of November 26, 2019, part of the tremendous support and solidarity of the brotherly people and institutions of Kosovo.”

Mr. Petro Koçi, Deputy Minister of Defense, presented the Special Awards.

Visit a photo gallery here.